Letran awards topnotchers, passers

By: Raye Sanchez
September 08, 2018

The Colegio conferred the top one in ND board exams Melvin Bernardino a cash price of P500,000 as a token of appreciation. (Enriquie Agcaoili/The LANCE)

First and second placers of Nutritionist-Dietitian and Electrical Engineering exams Melvin Bernardino and Eljhon Capili, as well as their co-passers, were given a celebration and rite of recognition on Friday, September 7 for their achievements in their respective board exams.

The rites started off with Vice President for Academic Affairs Assoc. Prof. Cristina Castro-Cabral, PhD. narrating how she learned of the results of the examinations.

She was quite surprised when she found out about the results of the Nutritionist and Dietician Examination Board.

“Nung natanggap ko ang tawag, huwebes ng gabi, noong isang linggo, si Ma’am Jinky Batiduan ang tumawag sakin. Sabi niya, ‘Ma’am, number one si Elvin’ Elvin ba?" she asked; confused which made the crowd laugh and shout the correct name.

“Melvin. Ganun yung naramdaman ko, ‘Ano Jinky? Elvin? Melvin? Number one?’”

“Nanginig po ako tulad ng panginginig ko ngayon. Tinawagan ko lahat ng pari, lahat walang sumasagot. Yun pala nagdadasal sila. Si Fr. Vic lang ang may telepono. Nagalit ang mga pari, ‘bakit tumunog ang telepono ni Fr. Vic?’ at nagdiwang ang Letran,” she shared.

Unlike the previous situation, Dr. Cabral was waiting for the results of the Electrical Engineering Board Exams.

"Kahapon, huwebes, tinetext ko si [Asst. Prof. Carlito Gutierrez: ‘Wala pa ba [results]?”

“Ang text niya: ‘Napapagod na ‘ko Ma’am sa kaka-refresh. Wala pa.”

“Huwebes biglang walang limang minuto ang pasok ng text: ‘Ma’am, number two si Eljhon,” she finished with an astounding cheer and a bow.

College of Business Administration and Accountancy (CBAA) Dean Asst. Prof. Kenji Asano, Jr. and the Nutrition and Dietetics faculty as well as the College of Engineering and Information Technology (CEIT) Dean Asst. Prof. Carlito Gutierrez and the Electrical Engineering faculty received cash prizes worth P20,000 for the development of facilities and equipment. The prize was presented by the Officer In Charge of the Office of the Vice President for the Administrative Affairs Fr. John Stephen Besa, O.P.

CBAA Dean Asano called on stage the board exam passers of the Registered Nutritionist-Dieticians (ND) exams to receive their tokens.

The ND passers are Lea May Araneta, Emmee Leiza Clemente, Charlene Mae Doronila, Bea Maris Endozo, Marvin Dale Evangelista, Glady Mae Gutierrez, Charisse Anne Macalalad, Denille Manalang, and Bea Maryola Recuerdo.

Meanwhile, CEIT Dean Gutierrez called on stage the achievers for the Registered Electrical Engineering board examination. 

The newly registered electrical engineers are Symon Mykell Andres, John Royce Jamilla, Reden Loyola, Neil Francine Molina, and Jon Arvin Peguit.  

Vice President for Financial Affairs (VPFA) Rev. Fr. Lauro de Dios, O.P. and CEIT Dean Gutierrez presented a reward to Eljhon Jaen Capili for placing the second highest in the September 2018 Registered Electrical Engineering board examination rankings. Capili, together with his parents, received a P350,00 cash prize as a token of appreciation from the Colegio. He graduated in 2018 as a Summa Cum Laude.

Top one in the August 2018 Nutritionist-Dietician board examination Melvin Bernardino, together with his matoher, received a cash price of P500,000 as his token of appreciation from the Colegio. VPFA Rev. Fr. De Dios and CBAA Dean Asano bestowed the award. Bernardino served as a scholar during his college years. In addition, he was a consistent dean’s lister and graduated in 2018 as a Magna Cum Laude.

The Colegio achieved a 100 percent passing rate from both licensure examinations.

Both top-notchers gave gratitude speeches to extend their love and support to everyone who guided them. Also, to enlighten the crowd about how they achieved their success.